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Pollution is top concern for Swedes

Publicerat söndag 27 februari 2011 kl 12.15
Photo: Alvaro Barrientos / AP / SCANPIX

Swedes could be among the most worried people in the world, according to a new study by two insurance companies, Trygg Hansa and RSA.

The study surveyed 7,000 people in the U.K., Sweden, Canada, Argentina, Poland, the U.A.E., and China, to find out what they worried about. The more worries, the higher the score. Sweden's people ranked as the second most anxious, behind China, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

The top concern in Sweden is pollution, followed by climate change, cancer, drunk driving and rising cost of living, according to the study.

"I think it's because Swedes are conscious and informed," says Malou Sjörin, head of external communications for the Swedish insurance company behind the study. "but I also think the media's reporting plays a roll."

"In the media, environmental and climate issues have been in focus for a long time. And even if they're not a problem today, I believe that Swedes think of it as a global threat with regards to the future."

The study was carried about before December's terrorist attack in Stockholm, so Sjörin says it's hard to know whether fear of terrorism has increased amongst Swedes.

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